To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the increase in public spending on the science base between 1987-88 and 1988-89 (a) after allowing for general inflation and (b) in cash terms.
After allowing for general inflation, as measured by the GDP deflator, there will be an increase of about 2 per cent. in expenditure on the science base between 1987-88 and 1988-89. The increase in expenditure in cash terms between the two years is about 6 per cent. These figures should be substituted for those quoted by my right hon. Friend in the debate on British science on 29 February at column 720.